May 03, 2007
I'm going to live-blog the debate until I get bored and go out
8:01pm: Wowee, Mitt Romney is a good looking guy.
8:02pm: Despite my feeling on Rudy's chances, something about seeing his face makes me go "wooooo".
8:04pm: Rudy's answer about getting back to Reagan's vision is very optimistic. He squinting a little, not sure what's wrong with his eyes.
8:04pm: McCain has stature, that much is true. Bob Dole had stature too.
8:05pm: Great McCain line: "If we lost in Iraq, who won? Al Qaeda?" YES! Get Reid to say that Al Qaeda has won.
8:06pm: Gov. Thompson, oh man, what's going to happen when there's two Thompsons in the race? Has that ever happened before? Paging Von Bek.
8:07pm: Duncan Hunter looks great. Well-spoken, smart, handsome. Any other election season he might be the front-runner.
8:08pm: Romney has the look though, he looks like a president.
8:09pm: Brownback is pretty good too. His ideas for partnering with "moderate" Muslim countries, though, seems a bit idealistic.
8:11pm: Huckabee would have fired Don Rumsfeld before the election. My friend Claudio told me he's a Huckabee guy the other night. I'm trying to understand why.
8:13pm: Gilmore was pretty uninspiring. I stopped listening half-way through.
8:14pm: Ron Paul. Sheesh. You want this guy around...just not on stage as one of your presidential candidates.
8:15pm: Ooooooh Fred Thompson mention and he's not even there!
8:15pm: McCain wants us to work together with our European allies to pressure Iran. Has he been paying attention? European allies? Do they seem like they care about anything other than cowering under their beds? They're going to help us with Iran? Come. On.
8:17pm: Tancredo gets a hypothetical about Israel asking for American help to attack Iran and would Tancredo say yes if he was president. What a weird question.
8:18pm: Giuliani gets the same question. Gives a much better answer than Tancredo's kind of shocked stammering. Giuliani is, by far, the best up there. He's the star of the show, no doubt about it.
8:20pm: Romney is great too, though. I don't understand how McCain is even still in this. It clearly should be between Rudy and Mitt.
8:21pm: Romney ended his question on whether Osama should be caught with "he will die".
8:22pm: McCain gets asked if he would be comfortable with Tancredo heading Immigration services. He says "In a word, no." Then, McCain launched into his Osama rant which ended with "I'll follow him to the gates of hell". Chris Matthews said "O-k."
8:23pm: Nobody wants to amend the Constitution, except Huckabee (but only after he serves 8 years), to allow foreign-born people to run for president. McCain isn't sure. Damn, missed Rudy's answer.
8:24pm: Maaaaaaan, my brother called me and I missed whatever question Rudy is now answering.
8:25pm: Romney loves America. "Gosh."
8:25pm: Global warming questions, zzzzzzz.
8:26pm: Organ transplants? What is this? Where am I? Is there still a war on?
8:28pm: Ron Paul gets the "would you get rid of the IRS?" question? Ridiculous.
8:29pm: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh Rudy! "It would be ok" when asked if to repeal Roe v. Wade. Then added it would be ok to repeal but would also be ok if a strict constructionist judge saw it as precedent.
8:31pm: Romney was personally pro-life, "always" he says.
8:32pm: Brownback just made the reason for his candidacy obsolete. He says he could support a pro-choice candidate because, like Reagan, he thinks he should support someone with whom he agrees 80% of the time.
8:33pm: I don't understand Rudy's answer on public funding of abortion. That's a problem.
8:36pm: Ron Paul lives in the world of idealism and not realism. He wonders why we worry about "third world countries" without any military when we dealt with the USSR which had 400 nukes. Um, maybe because these third world countries breed people that fly planes into our buildings.
8:37pm: Ooooh Thompson thinks its ok to fire someone who is gay because the employer personally disapproves of homosexuality.
8:38pm: Romney rocks. "What do you say to Roman Catholic bishops that won't give Communion to certain people?" "I don't say anything to Roman Catholic bishops". Love that answer.
8:39pm: Chris Matthews goes after Huckabee on something he said about Romney's Mormonism. It's weird.
8:43pm: Oh, sorry, missed a few minutes while I did my "I got an Instalanche!" dance.
8:44pm: "Neither party has a monopoly on virtue or vice"- Rudy. Que?
8:45pm: "Gov. Thompson, same question. Actually, you can respond to just about anything at this point"-Chris Matthews.
8:47pm: I like Sam Brownback. He's good for the race, his social conservatism has to rub off on his peers.
8:48pm: I can't help but feel that people are going to be beyond sick of all these candidates by the time election-time actually comes around. I'm already sort of sick of them. Maybe that's why I'm so drawn to Romney in this debate. I feel like he's the only one with a chance whose face I don't see everyday. And what a handsome face!
8:51pm: Gilmore is pro-choice?!
8:52pm: Rudy hates abortion. But supports a woman's right to choose. I mean, I guess it's possible that primary voters will still choose him but I just don't see it.
8:54pm: I heard Tancredo say "obfuscating" and promptly tuned out. Stephen Green is drunkblogging and he, as always, rawks.
8:55pm: McCain loves amnesty for people that broke the law to get into America. He could not be less my candidate if he tried. Which, it seems, he does.
8:57pm: Women in prison question for Gilmore from Malika in DC? These debates are so dumb.
8:58pm: Here comes the down the line question. Mrs. Reagan wants to expand govt. funding for embryonic stem cell research. Romney says yes in a long-winded way, but no new stem cell lines. Brownback says no. Gilmore no. Huckabee no. Hunter no. Thompson says question can't be answered yes or no. Everyone is ok with adult stem cells. McCain is soooooo annoying. Ultimately says yes but only after kissing a little Mrs. Reagan butt. Ron Paul sticks with his "not authorized by the Constitution" answer. Rudy is ok with the adult lines. Tancredo says no.
9:02pm: Romney loves MA's healthcare plan.
9:02pm: I'm chatting with a bunch of people on IM and everyone is loving Mitt Romney. So far, I think he's the winner tonight.
9:03pm: McCain has used the "I will veto the first pork-barrel spending bill that comes to my desk and make its authors famous" line twice now. It reminds me Billy the Kid in Young Guns II right before he kills people: "I'll make you famous." I wonder if McCain recently caught that movie. Or maybe he's been listening to Jay-Z: "if I shoot you, I'm brainless, if you shoot me you're famous." Eh, probably the former.
9:06pm: Vodkapundit writes: 7:03pm Matthews just asked a room full of Republicans if there's a tax they'd like to cut? He has a show called "Hardball"? Really? Hahahaha.
9:10pm: Wait, who just raised their hands when asked if they don't believe in evolution?
9:12pm: Jim VandeHei is much younger than I thought he'd be. Much. I pictured him as an old white-haired guy. He's only 6 years older than me!
9:14pm: "I have plenty of weaknesses"- Giuliani. I love him, I do.
9:15pm: Brownback is just such a nice guy. I really like him in the race. John Budnick's points about Brownback's role in the race are right on.
9:17pm: Giuliani is for a national ID card. I disapprove. It's just an extra layer of bureaucracy.
9:18pm: Romney is for it too.
9:19pm: Brownback is against. He's totally right, we don't need a whole new system.
9:19pm: McCain is for the ID card. Lame.
9:19pm: Sit down for this one, Ron Paul opposes the national ID card.
9:23pm: Ok, I think I can make it to the end. I think I can, I think I can. But then I'm going out and not thinking about this race for another year. Or, week, whatever.
9:30pm: So. Boring. There's no way that regular people, who don't live and breathe politics like we (me writing, you reading) do are watching this.
9:31pm: Oh it's over, thank G-d. I think Mitt Romney won.Posted by Karol at May 3, 2007 08:00 PM | TrackBack
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